College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Guest Speakers: Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design

Lecture Dates and Locations


Mark Chandler

Mark Chandler photoMark Chandler is the President of ACT Solutions Corp (Adaptive Cosmetic Technology Solutions), a consultancy focusing on Adaptive Aesthetic Design™, Advanced Emulsion Solutions, and Formulating for Efficacy™. Mark has been in the industry since 1984, most recently serving as Skin Care Applications Manager for Croda, Inc.  For 15 years, Mark has taught the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) Cosmetic Formulation course, in addition to instructing on emulsions for the Center for Professional Advancement and instructing the Cosmetic Raw Materials and Low Energy Emulsification courses for the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. He lectures for the Cosmetic Science program and serves on the Pharmaceutical Sciences Board at the University of Toledo. Mark has given technical presentations throughout the U.S. and in more than a dozen other countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia; he has written numerous technical articles and two book chapters, and he has three patents.

Dr. Trefor Evans

Dr. Evans photoDr. Trefor Evans has worked in the Hair Care industry for almost 25 years. The majority of this time was spent as a scientist and manager in the product development labs of large consumer goods companies (Unilever, Helene Curtis); he joined TRI in 2007 where he served as Director of Measurement Services for 5 years. He now holds the title Institute Fellow and is responsible for TRI’s Research Program. He also operates his own consultancy company, TA Evans Inc.

Dr. Evans is highly active in the hair care industry through many working relationships with companies of all shape, size and background. He is a regular presenter at International hair conferences and has been an invited speaker at many technical meetings and symposia. Most recently he served as Chairman of the 6th International Conference on Applied Hair Science in Princeton, NJ. He has published numerous articles in trade magazines and the scientific literature and is co-author and co-editor of the book “Practical Modern Hair Science” by Allured Books. He writes a regular column on hair testing and hair science for Cosmetics and Toiletries and serves on the magazine’s Scientific Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Expert Reviewing Panel for the Journal of Cosmetic Science.

Dr. Evans possesses a Ph.D. in physical-analytical chemistry from the University of Toledo and he has spent his career using measurement science to support the development, launch and maintenance of many international cosmetic products and brands. These approaches are also at the heart of fundamental research programs that have twice been awarded by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. A longstanding familiarity with the industry’s common testing methods has led to progressively more and more activity in the area of hair care product claim substantiation and he is commonly asked to consult and advise in this area.     

Dr. Evans regularly teaches training classes on the topics of hair science and hair care product claims which have been held in both the US and Europe.

Andrew Hartman

Photo of HartmanAndrew Hartman has worked in the life sciences industry for over 7 years and began his work at Nelson Laboratories in Utah where he worked as an Account Manager in the sales department.   He has helped hundreds of companies get their products to market by consulting on required microbiology tests required for FDA or international submissions.   Andrew then moved on to Antimicrobial Test Labs and Cosmetic Test Labs where he was the Business Development Manager, in charge of consulting and quoting necessary tests for EPA or FDA submissions.  Andrew now works for ACT Solutions Corp where he consults on quality, regulatory affairs and microbiology testing for cosmetics and personal care products, including preservative, stability and USP 61/62 testing. 

Andrew received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management from West Chester University and is now enrolled in the Regulatory Affairs graduate program at Utah Valley University.  After completion of the certificate in December, Andrew plans on continuing his education for a Master’s degree in Regulatory Science from John’s Hopkins University.  

Tresha Heath

Tresha Heath photoTresha Heath is the founder of Make Me Makeup. She is also a widely respected and award-winning celebrity makeup artist and entrepreneur in the fashion, entertainment, and beauty industry. After 20 years of experience with the world’s top creatives, talent, and brands, Tresha has developed a customizable, universal, proprietary color system that is tonally balanced and looks good on everyone.

As a celebrity makeup artist, Tresha has worked with an A-list roster of actors, athletes, models, and musicians including Kristin Davis, Michael Jordan, Paris Hilton, and Eminem. She has also created, brought to market, and licensed multiple health and beauty products with top brands. Her work as been featured in top fashion magazines. She has appeared on major TV networks as a contributor, and consulted for top spas, plastic surgeons, and cosmetics companies.

Julian Paul Hewitt

photo of JP HewittJulian Hewitt is a leading expert on the formulation, development and testing of sunscreen products, with over 20 years of experience in this field.

Julian graduated from Oxford University in 1988 with a BA Honours Degree in Chemistry. After graduating, he joined Tioxide, working on new product development from 1988 to 1991. In 1991, he joined Tioxide's Solaveil* Business, as Applications Research and Technical Service Manager for physical sunscreen products. He remained with the Solaveil* business as it moved from Tioxide to ICI Performance Chemicals, then to Uniqema when the latter was formed in 1999. Julian was promoted to ICI’s Science Ladder as the company’s sun care Technical Expert, and from 2002 served as an adviser to Uniqema’s Sales & Marketing, Product Development, and Technical Service teams. He continued in this role after Uniqema was purchased by Croda in 2006.

During this time, Julian represented Uniqema / Croda as the main customer technical focus for sun care products, developed and delivered training programmes for both internal and external audiences, and guided the development and launch of innovative new sun care ingredients.

Julian left Croda in October 2011 and formed JPH SunCare Technologies, providing technical consultancy services, regulatory advice, and training to manufacturers of UV protection products and suppliers of ingredients used in such products.

Julian has presented papers and posters at over 30 conferences in venues across the World, and in particular has been a frequent speaker at the Florida SCC Sunscreen Symposium and the London Sun Protection Conference. In 2008, he won the Lester Conrad Award for the Best Paper at the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists annual conference in Surfers Paradise, Queensland. He has also written or co-authored more than 30 articles and 5 book chapters on formulating sunscreens, in-vitro SPF testing, and nanotechnology.

*Solaveil is a registered trademark of the Croda group of companies

Bart Maxon

photo of Bart MaxonBart Maxon is a Senior Industry Specialist for Dow Corning Corporation.   He has over 30 years of experience in the personal care, healthcare and medical diagnostics industries and has been with Dow Corning for over 20+ years in a variety of roles within their Beauty Care and Health Care businesses.  Some different areas of experience at DC include formulation development of skin care and topical pharmaceutical excipients; wound care; transdermal drug delivery (TDDS); and medical antifoams/fluids.  Prior to Dow Corning, Bart was with McIntyre Group (responsible for surfactant product development), Abbott Laboratories-Diagnostics Division (in-vitro immunoassay development for therapeutic and abused drug toxicology testing); and Michigan Molecular Institute/Dendritech (responsible for bio-conjugation of antibodies/proteins and fluorescent tracers to Starburst Dendrimers for biomedical applications).   Bart holds 11 patents and has a Bachelor of Science Degree- Biology from Central Michigan University and a second Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Northeastern Illinois University.   Bart is the Senior Area II Director for the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. 

Tony O'Lenick

photo of Tony O'Lenick

Tony O’Lenick is President of Siltech LLC. in Lawrenceville, Ga., a company he co-founded in 1989. Siltech is a silicone specialty company. Prior to that he held technical and executive positions at various surfactant and specialty chemicals companies including; Lambent Technologies, Alkaril Chemicals Inc, Henkel Corporation and Mona Industries. He has been involved in the surfactant and silicone industry for over 35 years.

Tony has written 5 books in various aspects of surfactant, silicone and organic chemistry, also published over 70 technical articles in trade journals, contributed chapters to six books, and is the inventor on over 300 patents. He teaches a course in silicone chemistry, surfactant chemistry and patent law. He has received a number of awards for work including the 1996 Samuel Rosen Award given by the American Oil Chemists’ Society, the 1997 Innovative Use of Fatty Acids Award given by the Soap and Detergents Association, and the Partnership to The Personal Care Award given by the Advanced Technology Group. Tony is a fellow in the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and in the American Institute of Chemists. Tony was a member of several committees in SCC including the Committee on Scientific Affairs, the Continuing Education Committee, and has served the SCC National as Treasurer, Vice President Elect, Vice President and  2015 National President. 

Frank C. Pagano, Ph.D.

Frank PaganoDr. Frank Pagano joined ACT Solutions Corp. in February, 2014.  He retired at the end of 2013 after spending almost eight years with Chanel.  Frank has been in the industry since 1994 when he joined Revlon.  Prior to that Frank had a varied career covering inks and printing (where he learned about color and color theory), as well as plant process chemistry and additives for engine lubricants.  

While at Chanel, Frank worked in the Prospective Research Group developing new concept products for skin care, makeup and sun protection products.  This included identifying new raw materials and technologies which could have use in these products.  One of Frank’s skin care formulations was selected to be included in Chanel’s new skin care line – Le Lift.  He also was involved in the identification and evaluation of new natural preservatives.

Frank spent 10 years at Revlon working primarily in the nail polish group supporting and maintaining the existing product lines while investigating new raw materials and technologies for nail polish and lip color.  This included working with marketing and manufacturers.  Frank is the co-inventor of Colorstay Nail Enamel and contributed to other patents while at Revlon.

Frank received his B.A. in Chemistry from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with an emphasis in Photochemistry from Columbia University in New York City.  He has authored two articles on nail polish for C&T Magazine and is presently working on a third.

Di Qu, Ph.D.

Photo of Dr QuDr. Di Qu is currently a senior principal research scientist in R&D of Amway Corporation. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemical and biochemical engineering from Rutgers University in 1992, his M.S. from China National Research Institute of Food and & Fermentation Industries in 1985, and B.S. from Tianjin University of Science and Technology in 1982. Dr. Qu has worked in R&D capacities for 27 years with 4 years in biotechnology research in China, and 23 years in consumer product development at Amway. His industrial experiences include skin care product formulation, process development, as well as skin property and product efficacy testing. He has given numerous technical presentations at various industry and academic conferences and holds 7 U.S. patents.

Dr. Qu is the current chair of the Michigan Chapter of Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and a member of the International Society for Biophysics and Imaging of the Skin. His most recent publication is on Skin Youthfulness Index – a mathematical model correlating age and the visual properties of skin.

Perry Romanowski

perry romanowski photoPerry Romanowski has spent the past 20+ years researching and developing products to solve consumer problems in the personal care and cosmetic industry. His primary focus has been on formulating hair-related products. He is currently vice president of Brains Publishing, which specializes in science education and is responsible for the consumer-focused beauty website,, and the cosmetic science website,

Previously, Romanowski worked for Alberto Culver, serving as a senior project leader for hair care innovation. He has been an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) and is currently the Area II National Director. In addition, he has served in various positions within the Midwest Chapter of the SCC, including chapter chair.

Romanowski earned his B.S. in Chemistry from DePaul University and his M.S. in Biochemistry. He has written and edited numerous articles and books.  His latest book is"It's OK to Have Lead in Lipstick".  He also teaches the SCC’s Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry continuing education class. Additionally, he provides consulting services for cosmetic formulating, testing and Internet solutions. He can be reached through his website,

Shontell Wright, M.S.

Shontell Wright photoShontell Wrightis a chemist in the Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC) at the Food and Drug Administration, where she is the administrator of FDA’s Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP). Her current responsibilities include managing daily operations; answering questions from program users, problem solving and troubleshooting program related issues, and making changes to the program that improve its efficiency and operation. In this role, she also assists the Cosmetic Ingredient Review process by preparing frequency of use reports of cosmetic ingredients from the VCRP. Ms. Wright is a FDA’s non-voting liaison on the International Cosmetic Ingredient Nomenclature Committee (INC), sponsored by the Personal Care Products Council.

As a member of OCAC, she regularly provides advice and guidance to consumers, industry, and other public health officials on cosmetic regulations and labeling. Ms. Wright is an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) where she previously held the position of secretary and currently holds the position of treasurer for the Mid- Atlantic Chapter. She received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD and her M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Toledo in Ohio, with an emphasis on the application of analytical techniques to cosmetic and pharmaceutical analytical problems. Ms. Wright has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 20 years.

Last Updated: 4/25/16